How not to get a cruise cabin upgrade

This attempt at a cabin upgrade is guaranteed to fail.

How not to get a cruise cabin upgrade

It’s not uncommon for cruisers to book the cheapest, and often smallest, cabin and then try to weasel their way into an upgrade. While some tips and tricks from experts may help you score a better cabin for free, other attempts are guaranteed to fail.

Cruise ship doctor Ben McFarlane has seen more than his fair share of failed upgrade attempts. According to the UK Express, he notes that false complaints of claustrophobia are apparently guaranteed to fail in his book Cruise Ship SOS.

As his supervisor notes, a legitimate sufferer of claustrophobia is less than likely to book the smallest, windowless cabin on a ship. This is one of “oldest tricks in the book” and is more likely to induce an eye roll from a doctor rather than sympathy … or an upgrade.

In fact, Dr McFarlane’s boss even advises him to tell one ‘patient’ making such a claim to “come back when he’s had a more interesting idea”.

While we may like to try play them for fools, cruise doctors and managers are experts. They won’t be fooled into believing booking the cheapest room and experiencing claustrophobia are just an uncanny coincidence. 

Have you ever tried to get a cabin upgrade on a cruise?

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    Eddy
    13th Jul 2019
    11:43am
    Never experienced a cabin upgrade and have never requested one. If I do not like the cabin I selected I just suck it up. Anyway the cabin is just for sleeping and showering (and other toileting needs) and storing your clothes. The real fun is elsewhere on the ship.
    Golden Oldie
    13th Jul 2019
    12:07pm
    My feelings as well. Been on a few cruises, the first one was sharing an indside cabin shared with 3 strangers. It was all I could afford, and spent most of my waking time on deck or in the lounges. The cabin was only to sleep in. Had a great time. It was a South Pacific cruise on the Himalaya, a P&O ship..
    Golden Oldie
    13th Jul 2019
    12:07pm
    My feelings as well. Been on a few cruises, the first one was sharing an indside cabin shared with 3 strangers. It was all I could afford, and spent most of my waking time on deck or in the lounges. The cabin was only to sleep in. Had a great time. It was a South Pacific cruise on the Himalaya, a P&O ship..
    mIKER
    13th Jul 2019
    3:33pm
    Here's a tip from one of my relatives...book the cheapest cabin onboard, then upon boarding find the purser or similar and offer to pay for an upgrade. I'm told it works, as there are regularly empty cabins, usually the more expensive ones, and the cruise line is happy to accept lower dollars than for the original purchase price.
    leonYLC
    15th Jul 2019
    11:05am
    Great tip mIKER!


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